Suzuki Vitara 1989-1998
The Suzuki 4×4 family expanded with the launch of the all-new Vitara, a 3-door model that soon gained its own enthusiastic following. The new Vitara was complemented by a 1.6-litre lightweight alloy engine. It was a true 4×4 with separate steel chassis, five-speed gearbox, part-time four-wheel drive system and integrated two-speed transfer box. However, ride and comfort achieved new levels with the leaf springs of earlier models replaced by coil springs front and rear, standard power steering and an interior that was functional but much more comfortable. The 3-door was just the start of a whole new trend in 4×4 motoring.
The Vitara range expanded, literally, with the longer-wheelbase 5-door, 1.6-litre model. Width stayed the same but the wheelbase went up to 2480mm and the overall length similarly increased to 4030mm. By this time some models started to feature fuel injection to provide power of 80bhp and a catalytic converter to reduce emissions. The performance of the 5-door model developed further with the introduction of 16 valves and multi-point fuel injection, giving 95bhp. More legroom, more luggage capacity and the option of an automatic version helped reached new customers for the Vitara.
The first 2.0 litre V6 engine ever in a 4×4 vehicle brought a new sophistication to the 5-door Vitara. With 134bhp produced smoothly, aided by a 2.0-litre engine with 24 valves and four camshafts, this was the most powerful Vitara ever. To match the engine the bodywork was revised, with stylish, lower splash guards and flared arches accommodating optional wider alloy wheels. Inside the interior was revised with higher specification features such as dual airbags, electric windows and mirrors and central locking.
In 1996 Suzuki introduced a turbo-diesel engine and the following year offered an intercooled version. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit gave superb flexibility for off-road use and comfortable on-road driving, coupled with economical fuel consumption. Intercooling the unit gave 23% more horsepower and 29% more torque. Short wheelbase, long wheelbase, 1.6-litre, 2.0-litre, petrol and diesel, manual, automatic – the Vitara range was complete.
Suzuki Grand Vitara 1998-2003
The Grand Vitara confidently takes Suzuki further forward in the lifestyle motoring sector and is a continued emphasis of the company’s corporate philosophy of uniqueness and market innovation. With its elegant body styling, rugged full-frame and powerful 2.5-litre V6 and 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engines – the Grand Vitara has been designed to confidently look the part and to widen the scope of the users’ active lifestyles. Inside, the fashionable interior is practical yet comfortable and has been designed for flexibility and convenience in order to efficiently accommodate five occupants and their lifestyle demands. The new Grand Vitara allows more customers to expand their lifestyle horizons and explore their driving imagination, whether in the city or on the open road. It allows every customer to experience a real 4×4.
The Grand Vitara XL-7 broke new ground by delivering comfortable cruising performance and capable off-road performance together with a cabin roomy enough for seven people. Created as the smallest seven-seater sport utility vehicle in the class, it was based on the five-door Grand Vitara but was 320mm longer in terms of wheelbase and 485mm longer in terms of overall length. Three rows of seats gave the Grand Vitara XL-7 unprecedented people-carrying performance for a Grand Vitara and contributed to its position as the flagship model in the Grand Vitara series. Power came from the 2.7-litre V6 H27A engine, which was based on the Grand Vitara’s 2.5-litre V6 H25A engine but had a larger bore.
Suzuki Grand Vitara 2005-Present
This next-generation Grand Vitara inherited the originality of the Vitara series and represented an evolution that greatly boosted recognition of Suzuki sport utility vehicles. An exterior design that included wide treads, flared fenders, and large wheels gave the new Grand Vitara a look of sportiness, dynamism, and stability. The cabin design similarly gave a sense of sportiness and dynamism. For great performance, there was a choice of three petrol engines (1.6L VVT; 2.0L; and 2.7L V6) and a diesel engine (1.9L DdiS). High body rigidity was ensured by a built-in ladder frame. A four-mode 4×4 system accommodated diverse terrain. And newly specified multi-link rear suspension combined outstanding off-road handling with improved on-road stability.